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Dean Baker: Obamacare isn’t cancelling your plan – your insurance company is though

President Obama has been getting a lot of grief in the last few weeks over his pledge that with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in place, people would be able to keep their insurance if they like it. The media

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Washington minimum wage increasing in January – but is it enough?

Next January, Washington’s minimum wage will adjust for inflation with a 13-cent increase to $9.32 per hour. But is that enough? The change is the result of Initiative 688, approved by voter in 1998. I-688 increased the state’s minimum wage in two

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Job Loss at $15 an Hour: Real Problem or Big Whopper?

The fast food industry has put its lobbyists into hyper-drive. Their concern is the growing public support for striking workers at the major chains who are demanding $15 an hour. The lobbying groups argue that this sort of pay hike

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Taking Economics Seriously – with Dean Baker

“ABC’s” (Austerity, Bailouts and Crashes) dominate economic policy today – but what would policy look like if we took basic economic principles seriously and applied them consistently? Join renowned economist and author Dean Baker to discover and discuss what we have to

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U.S. economy added 195,000 jobs in June, employment-to-population ratio edges up

The Labor Department reported the economy added 195,000 jobs in June. With upward revisions to the prior two months data, this brings the average gain over the last three months to 196,000. While the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6

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Moody’s public pension scheme doesn’t make sense – unless you’re on Wall Street

Wall Street bankers have been known to get creative – if not downright deceptive – when finding ways to maximize their own income. Now Moody’s, the bond-rating agency that overvalued junk investments and helped bring the country (and world) to

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security

Senate Unanimously Votes Against Cuts to Social Security, Media Don’t Notice

There are few areas where the corruption of the national media is more apparent than in its treatment of Social Security. Most of the elite media have made it clear in both their opinion and news pages that they want to see benefits cut. In keeping with this position they highlight the views of political figures who push cuts to the program, treating them as responsible, while those who oppose cuts are ignored or mocked.

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Exploded: Mainstream myths about the minimum wage

It’s no surprise that President Obama continues to make missteps on economic policy — such as returning again and again to the “Grand Bargain”, more apt to result in a “Grand Take-Away”. It’s no surprise because of the people he

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VIDEO: Social Security forum in Tacoma

If you weren’t able to attend the Social Security forum in Tacoma on February 20th, watch this short video about how we can address the long-term issues facing Social Security in a way that protects and improves our already great Social Security

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Social Security is there for my parents and grandparents – will it be there for me?

Thanks to fear-mongering by opponents and a backhanded attempt to connect Social Security to the deficit, this question is on the minds of millions of Americans – especially young adults. But fear not! Attend this event to have all of your questions

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